Lab Alumni

1993-1996
Deborah Nusskern
Debbie was the laboratory's first tech. She subsequently participated in the human genome sequencing project spearheaded by Craig Venter at Celera Corp, and is now at Euclid Dianostics.

Jianping Song
1993-1996
Jianping Song

Jianping was the lab's fist post-doc and is now Associate Director of Assay Development at Galenea Corp in Boston. During her time in the lab, Jianping
studied the role of G protein myristoylation and palmitoylation in subunit binding and membrane localization.
jsong@galenea.com
Kathy Gillen
1995-1997
Kathy Gillen

Kathy completed her post-doc training and is now teaching biology at Kenyon College. Kathy's project was to map the determinants within Gpa1 required for proper targeting to the plasma membrane.
gillenk@kenyon.edu
Donald Apanovitch
1994-1998
Donald M. Apanovitch
A former postdoc, Don is now Head of Functional Genomics at Pfizer. While in the lab Don demonstrated that the RGS protein Sst2 functions as a GTPase accelerating protein for the G protein in yeast Gpa1. 
Paul DiBello
1995-1998
Paul DiBello

A former postdoc, Paul later worked in the field of bioinformatics and information technology. He is currently Director of Research Enterprise Systems at Yale University. While in the lab Paul identified an RGS-insensitive mutant form of the G protein, which is now widely used to study the role of RGS-mediated regulation in animals and cell culture.
Paul.DiBello@gmail.com
 Tiffany Garrison
1995-2000
Tiffany Garrison

Tiffany received her PhD in Pharmacology from Yale and later post-doc training with Robert Lefkowitz. During her time in the lab, Tiffany used mass spectrometry to map sites of MAPK phosphorylation within the RGS protein Sst2. She is now Group Leader at Abbott Corporation in Chicago.
tiffany.garrison@abbott.com
Ginger Hoffman
1995-2000
Ginger Hoffman

Ginger is now Assistant Professor at Saint Joseph's University. Ginger received her PhD in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale. In an effort to further postpone a career decision she  enrolled in yet another PhD program in Philosophy at MIT. We're not sure what is more surprising, a second PhD or the existence of a philosophy department at MIT.
Scott Burchett
1999-2001
Scott Burchett

As a postdoc Scott pioneered the use of systems-level analysis of G protein signaling in yeast.
Kathleen Ehrhard
1996-2001
Kathleen Ehrhard

Kathleen received her PhD in Pharmacology from Yale and is now an attorney at Frommer Lawrence & Haug (YIKES!). While in the lab, Kathleen developed a new method to detect protein-protein interactions at the plasma membrane.
KEhrhard@flhlaw.com
Louis Marotti
1999-2002
Louis Marotti

Lou earned his MD/PhD and then joined the Neurosurgery program at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Working together with the Rudi Aebersold lab, Lou was the first individual to use mass spectrometry to map a ubiquitination-site.
Paul Flanary 1998-2003
Paul Flanary

Paul received his Ph.D from the University of Hawaii. After moving off island, he has found more time to read (latest novel "Paradise Lost") and to eat (raw fish wrapped in seaweed). Paul is now Director of R&D at Awareness Technology.
pflanary7@yahoo.com
2002-2003
Stefanie Hueber

Stefi was a visiting Masters student and resident wunderkind from Germany, has since completed her PhD thesis research at Max Planck in Tubingen, and is currently a researcher in Applied Bioinformatics at University of Konstanz Germany.
stefanie.hueber@uni-konstanz.de

Ming Guo
1998-2003
Ming Guo

Ming was a PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale.  While in the lab Ming was the first to demonstate a positive signaling role for the yeast G protein alpha subunit Gpa1. He made other discoveries, but can't find his data at the moment.
Yuh-in Wu
2001-2004
Yuh-lin Wu

Yuh-Lin is now Associate Professor in the Physiology Department at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei Taiwan. While in the lab Yuh-Lin characterized a dominant-negative mutant of the G protein alpha subunit, Gpa1, currently being used to isolate new G protein binding partners.
ylwu@ym.edu.tw
Scott Chasse
2001-2004
Scott Chasse

A former postdoc, Scott
pioneered genome-scale analysis of the yeast pheromone pathway. Having performed roughly 15,000 dose response assays, you can forgive his slightly dazed appearance. Scott has since relocated across the street where he is studying how the brain adapts to repetitive behaviors behaviors. Go Hokies.
scott_chasse@med.unc.edu
Yuqi Wang
2000-2005
Yuqi Wang

Yuqi is now Associate Professor of Biology at St. Louis University. While a postdoc in the lab, Yuqi was the first to show stimulus-dependent ubiquitination of a MAPKK protein (Ste7), and the first to show pheromone-regulated sumoylation of a mating pathway component (Ste12 and Tec1).
ywang8@slu.edu
Christine Fraser 2001-2005
Christine Fraser

Christine was for many years the lab manager, and has since returned to the civilization of her native Australia, where she lives in harmony with her 35 cats.

Stephen Parnell 2001-2006
Stephen Parnell

Stephen is now research Assistant Professor at KU Medical Center. As a postdoc Stephen studied regulation of pheromone siganling by MAPK phosphorylation. Known for his "explosive" personality, he will be remembered as the the lab source of shooting flaming balls with report. Light fuse and get away. Rock chalk Jayhawk. Go KU.
For a closer look at what is coming out of Stephen's nose, click here.
sparnell@kumc.edu
Nan Hao 2001-2006
Nan Hao

Nan is now Assistant Professor at UC San Diego. Nan graduated with his PhD in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department, did a brief post-doc with Tim Elston in the Pharmacology Department, and then with Erin O'Shea at Harvard University. While in the lab Nan pioneered the use of quantitative and computational biology to investigate pheromone signaling dynamics in yeast.
nhao@ucsd.edu
Corinne Zeller 2002-2007
Corinne Zeller

Corinne was a graduate student in  Biochemistry and Biophysics. While in the lab she identified a signaling function for the atypical Gbeta protein Asc1. Her favorite number will always be 7. Her favorite letters will always be "W" and "D". After 3 years teaching biology at Saint Augustine's College, and a postdoc in Perry Blackshear's lab at NIEHS, she is now Medical Science Liaison at Vaya Pharma. In her spare time she can be seen at local Monica Lewinsky lookalike contests.
zellerknuth@gmail.com

Janna Slessareva

2003-2007
Janna Slessareva
 
A native of Moscow, Janna joined the lab as a postoc in 2003. Janna discovered a new signaling pathway linking G protein activation to phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase at endosome. Her work philosophy was simple: "throw P.I. in water and let him sink or swim." Having mastered use of definite articles (including much baffling word "the"), Janna has joined ranks of mushrooming biotechnology industry here in Research Triangle Park.

Michael J. Lee

2003-2008
Michael J. Lee

Mike is now Assistant Professor at UMass Medical School. At UNC Mike was a graduate student in Pharmacology, and then moved on to a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT working with Mike Yaffe. While in the lab Mike discovered a non-receptor activator of G protein signaling, called Arr4/Get3.
Michael.Lee@umassmed.edu

Jeffrey Duffy

2007-2010
Jeffrey Duffy
 
A
native of North Carolina, Jeff received his BS in Biology from UNC in 2008. After graduating he spent two years grinding his teeth over protein purification, and has since headed to UNC's School of Dentistry. Smile y'all.
jwduffy@email.unc.edu

Erin Heenan

2005-2010
Erin Heenan

A true Tar Heel, Erin was a graduate student in Biochemistry and Biophysics. Her project was to unmask the structure-function relationships of an atypical G protein beta/gamma complex (Vps15/Atg14) located at the endosome. After receiving her PhD Erin headed off to law school at George Mason University.
erin.heenan@gmail.com

Laura Hall

2007-2010
Laura Hall

A
native of Arizona, Laura was a member of the Molecular and Cellular Biophysics training program and graduate student in Biochemistry and Biophysics. Her Master's thesis project was focused on the scaffolding function of the yeast RGS protein Sst2. Laura has since moved to the west coast to pursue new passions.
Laura.M.Hall85@gmail.com

Steven Cappell

2005-2011
Steven Cappell
Steve was a graduate student in the Pharmacology Department. His project was to mine the "essential genome" for new regulators of G protein signal transduction. Steve has since moved to the Tobias Meyer lab at Stanford University where he is a Damon Runyan fellow.
scappell@stanford.edu

2008-2011
Evan Lien

Evan was a UNC Chemistry/Biochemistry
major and a Morehead-Cain scholar, working with Michal to identify new regulators of MAPK signal fidelity. Evan worked in the lab for 3+ years, attaining honorary grad student status. Evan is now earning a bona fide PhD working with Alex Toker at Harvard Medical School.
elien@fas.harvard.edu

Janice Jones

2006-2011
Janice Jones. 
Jan was a postdoc in the lab working with Alan Jones on a unique self-activating G protein from plant. She was later Assistant Professor in the department, then did metabolomics research at Metabolon, and is currently at AgBiom.
biochemnerd2000@yahoo.com

Michal Nagiec

2005-2012
Michal Nagiec
Michal was a graduate student in the Pharmacology Department working on signal coordination between the osmotic-stress and mating-pheromone pathways. After a brief postdoc he has moved to the John Blenis lab at Harvard Medical School, and is clearly delighted with his good fortune.
Michal_Nagiec@hms.harvard.edu

Matthew Torres

2007-2012
Matthew Torres, PhD

Matt was a grad student in
the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department having worked with Christoph Borchers, and then joined the lab as a postdoc working on cell cycle regulation of G protein ubiquitination. Matt has since packed up his beloved desk ornament and joined the faculty of the Biology Department at Georgia Tech.
matthew.torres@biology.gatech.edu
2010-2012
Jillian Hurst, PhD

Jill is now staff editor at the Journal of Clinical Investigation. She received her PhD from University of Georgia. While in the lab she worked on protein kinase ubiquitination and signal fidelity.
jillhurst@gmail.com
Sarah Westrick
2007-2013
Sarah T. Clement

Sarah was a graduate student in Biochemistry and Biophysics, and when not fighting crime as batwoman, or searching for a parking spot, she worked on signal coordination by the mating-pheromone and nutrient-sensing pathways. Sarah nows does clinical research at Parexel in nearby Durham.
clement.saraht@gmail.com

Avital Parnas

2011-2013
Avital Parnas, PhD

Avital was postdoc interested in kinase scaffolds and essential genes that regulate MAPK signal intensity. Avital has relocated to Boston where she will continue her research training.


Predoctoral student researchers
Over the years the Dohlman lab has hosted numerous college and high school researchers. One or two have actually decided to become scientists! If you are out there, drop us a line and let us know what you are up to.

Elizabeth Crenshaw (UNC '16)*
Lauren Askew (UNC '15)*
Trevor Henley (UNC '14)*
Ivan Kuznetsov (Johns Hopkins '16)
Josh Sheetz (UNC '15)*
Vish Sridharan (UNC '14)*
Holly Lien (UNC '14)
Everett Young (UNC '13)
Norman Pham (UNC '12)
Evan Lien (UNC '11)
Jeffrey Duffy (UNC '08)
Justin Brewster (McGill '08)
Christopher Broda (NC State '07)
Jeffrey Brodin (St. Scholastica '07)
Davida Williams (RAP '04)
Michael Dean (France)
Chen Zhu (RAP '02)

Lee Kiang (Yale '01)
Thomas Cantey (Yale '99)
Maria Hernandez (Wiley College '98)
Anuli Umeojiako (Delaware State '97)
Houman Fardin (Yale '97)
Tom Kraikit (Yale '96)

Temiyabutr Surabhan (Yale '95)

Thuan Bui (UC Berkeley '94)

* current student



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